Hope is a fascinating emotion; equal parts beneficial and also dangerous. It is the most pervasive emotion, and is fundamental to the human condition. It is the emotion that allows us to continually strive for more, to wish for something better. Here is how hope can be useful in the writing process:
It is difficult to feel inspired, or even to generate good ideas, if the writer is not hopeful. Hope is the fuel of ambition, allowing us to aspire to something, that may sometimes feel just out of reach. Whether that is inspiration for a story, or an insight into work that has already been started, hope drives our inspiration, allowing us to make new, and interesting connections, and insights.
Writing for a project, with a specific goal in mind, comes with its own troubles. Finishing a novel, for example, can be quite the undertaking. Only with hope, the desire to achieve that writing goal, can a writer find the discipline to sit down day after day, to stay seated hour after hour, and write; moving towards their objective. Hope is an incredibly useful emotion when it is goal-oriented, and it can be a powerful tool in a writer’s arsenal when seeking the requisite discipline to aid in their task.
Many writers, myself included, find editing to be the most difficult aspect of writing. It can be quite the blow to see red scribbles all over something you’ve put a great deal of yourself into. Still, hope can be a powerful tool in the editing process. Hope reminds us that we want the best of our work. It demands that we sit down, and try again, making sure we get it right. Hope allows writers to expect more of themselves, and do whatever work is necessary, to make their writing the best it can be.
How else might hope be important to the writing process? Tell me in the comments below!
If you enjoyed this post, check out my novels!